Wet track form is likely to play a part, with rain forecast on four days through Tuesday. check out Melbourne Cup wet weather horses.
Melbourne Cup : wet weather horses | Start time
It is a 3200-metre race for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
It is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world and one of the richest turf races. The event starts at 3:00 pm on the first Tuesday of November and is known locally as “the race that stops the nation”.
The Melbourne Cup has a long tradition, with the first race held in 1861. It was originally run over two mi (3.219 km) but was shortened to 3,200 m (1 mi 1,740 yd) in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system.
Melbourne Cup wet weather horses
The Melbourne Cup is set for its coldest run in more than 25 years on Tuesday, with a meteorologist advising punters to dress warm and bring an umbrella with wet weather horses.
East coast Australians have suffered through almost three years of soggy and chilly La Nina weather but the sun managed to poke its head out for the past few days, with horse race fans hoping the summer-type weather would stick around for next week.
‘On Melbourne Cup day it will be a maximum of 14 degrees (in Melbourne), which will make it the coldest Cup day since 1995,’ BoM meteorologist Jonathan How said.
‘We are expecting showers on and off through the day and they could be heavy, with small hail and thunder as well, including right around race time.
‘It will be quite cold as well, with a wind chill, so we are certainly advising people to bring warm clothing to Flemington.’
The icy and wet blast that may dampen enthusiasm in Melbourne on Tuesday is already having an impact, with a cold front moving in from the west.
Also it will hit South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, NSW, ACT and Tasmania, bringing cold winds, rain, storms, flooding and even snow, with temperatures six to 16 degrees below average.
The early speed is against the outside rail here, with Serpentine and Knights Order sure to dash across from barriers 23 and 24 respectively. And that should lead to a genuine early tempo, with the field likely to string right out over the first 800m. Numerian, High Emocean and Interpretation should be handy from favourable gates.
The favourite Deauville Legend maps nicely around midfield with cover, while Camorra, Hoo Ya Mal and Without A Fight will need a bit of luck early to slot in.
The race is set to get underway at 3pm (AEDT) on Tuesday November 1 and can be watched on Channel 10.
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